YDance has been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Youth Arts Fund through Creative Scotland with support from the Youth Music Initiative and Time to Shine, to deliver FREE workforce training for individuals and organisations in the Scottish youth arts sector.

All training sessions are free to attend and will be delivered via Zoom in small groups to aid interaction. Information on each course is detailed below. If you would like to book a place on a course, click the booking link under each course listing to go to the Eventbrite booking page. Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended.

Monitoring and Evaluation – SOLD OUT

Thursday 23 September 2021
10am – 2pm
Delivered by Catch the Light 

This four-hour training session will look at how to set outcomes and outputs for delivering creative engagement projects in the community. It will cover how to demonstrate the impact of your arts programme and how to set relevant key performance indicators. Different monitoring and evaluation methods will be detailed, and high-quality examples will be highlighted.

About the trainers:
Catch the Light is a youth and community development consultancy with vast experience of working with creative organisations and individuals with a shared belief in the potential of our young people and communities. “Our approach seeks to reassure you that we don’t believe you should be forcing your creative talents through the eye of a needle to justify yourself. What we know is that when we truly connect with individuals, we can have a transformative impact on their lives…if only we knew how to prove it! Join us on the journey of discovering the whys and hows and the highs and lows of impact reporting and analysis.”

Engaging Youth Voice in Community Projects and Organisations – SOLD OUT

Tuesday 2 November 2021
10am – 1pm
Delivered by Upstart Projects

This three-hour course is designed for staff and community artists who would like to embed young people’s voices in their organisation/project.

The training covers the What, Why and How of youth voice – exploring co-production, digital engagement and young ambassadors. It will focus on building confidence and supporting youth voice in your organisation/project. The training delivers on three main components: a theoretical framework that underpins the work, case studies to give you real life examples, and application in your own organisation/project. Your active participation in the conversation is built into the course structure throughout the training.

You can include a young person aged 16-25 years who’s involved in your organisation in this training, for example an apprentice, a youth forum member, a young leader or a young trustee. Please indicate when booking that they are a young person.

About the trainers
Upstart Projects is a charity that champions youth voice and leadership. Running voicemag.uk – a platform and magazine for young people interested in arts and culture to have their voice heard – is one of many routes to hearing the voices of young people regularly. Upstart run the alumni and online support for the Arts Award programme and deliver commissions, training and direct programmes with young people – all about helping young people to use their voice.

Working with Young People with Emotional or Behavioural Needs 

Thursday 25 November 2021
11am – 2pm
Delivered by HL Hall Ltd

Creating a climate for learning – this training will investigate approaches and structures to empower a personal and preventative culture towards behaviour management. Rather than focusing on negative behaviours and emotions, the course will focus on strategies and techniques to facilitate effective and consistent responses to challenging behaviour, allowing everyone to be successful learners.

About the trainer
Hannah Hall is an experienced School Improvement Consultant, Coach and Trainer. She specialises in Behaviour, SEMH and SEND, and works nationally and internationally supporting Schools (early years to FE, and Special/AP settings), Local Authorities and Trusts in reviewing, implementing, and developing cultural change, policy, systems and provision.  

Hannah is a Visiting Fellow for the Ambition Institute, Evidence Lead in Education for the EEF, Behaviour Consultant for NEXUS Enfield, and Trust Quality Lead for Behaviour and Attitudes for the Seckford Trust.

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Booking deadline Tuesday 23rd November

Mental Health: Supporting Others – SOLD OUT

Wednesday 1 December 2021
1pm – 3pm
Delivered by SAMH 

This course is specifically designed for those who wish to upskill their ability to have the conversation about mental health and support others (friends, family members, colleagues, young people etc.) with mental health problems. We cover:

  • The definition of mental health and wellbeing, followed by information on the mental health continuum and how we can fluctuate in position.
  • What is stigma and discrimination and how does this affect mental health.
  • Common mental health problems, more specifically depression and anxiety, with short case study and signposting for further reading.
  • Early warning signs and triggers, and how we might spot the signs of poor mental health.
  • Preparing to have the conversation around mental health- how, why, where? Followed by ‘useful phrases and tips’.
  • Group skills practice scenarios with prompting questions- office/work-based scenarios.
  • Our limitations as caregivers and the value of signposting.
  • All participants will be given a starter toolkit for signposting others for support, and to continue research for their own toolkit in their own time.

About the trainers
Emma Manley, Interim Workplace Manager – With over 9 years of experience in the field of mental health, Emma is a qualified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer. Emma has experience in volunteering, employability, and training, with specific skills in supporting Veterans and Supported Employment. Emma recently completed an SCQF qualification in Supported Employment, which has contributed towards effective training for employers on managing their staff’s mental health in the workplace. With an Honours Degree in Psychology with Criminology, Emma currently delivers the full SAMH Workplace training suite, and has taken a lead role for the recent design and delivery of bespoke training courses created in response to the mental health challenges facing staff and employers. With an academic background, she is committed to encouraging and educating others on creating mentally healthy workplaces, as well as maintaining their wellbeing in their personal and professional lives.

Young People and Arts in Criminal Justice

Friday 3 December 2021
10am – 1pm
Delivered by Glass Performance and YDance

This three-hour session will focus on improving community artists’ knowledge and understanding about working with young people in a prison or secure unit context. It will cover the importance of partnership working, behaviour and environmental challenges, achieving successful outputs and will provide practical creative tasks from a theatre and dance perspective.

About the trainers
Jess Thorpe is Co-Artistic Director of Glass Performance and Lecturer in the Arts in Justice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a founder and trustee of Justice and Arts Scotland (formally SPAN), an organisation dedicated to developing creative work in Scottish prisons and post-release. Outside of her work in the justice sector, Jess is currently Associate Director at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Kelly Shearer has worked in the Scottish dance sector for over 17 years in a variety of roles and contexts and has worked for YDance for 13 of those.  As Head of Participation at YDance, her main responsibilities are developing and delivering projects in community settings in partnership with a range of organisations.  Kelly has created and delivered a variety of projects in HMYOI Polmont and in secure/safe centres across Scotland. These programmes use dance as a tool to engage young people, improve their confidence and wellbeing, explore their creativity, and support them to attain awards and qualifications.

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Booking deadline Wednesday 1st December

Who are these events for?

These free events are open to individuals and organisations working within the Scottish Youth Arts Sector.

System requirements for attendees

The sessions will be delivered via Zoom. You can attend this training from anywhere using a compatible computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet.


Due to anticipated demand, we would kindly ask you to cancel your place should you no longer be able to attend. If you want to send a colleague in your place, please still cancel your place and ask the colleague to place a separate booking order. If you have any issues with a cancellation or booking, please contact us.

Terms and Conditions

Recording and /or distributing the webinar in any form is prohibited. Your personal details may be shared with the trainer for the purposes of the training course. These details will be deleted once the session has taken place.

If have questions regarding any of these training sessions please contact emma@ydance.org


YDance’s Youth Arts Sector Training Programme is funded by the Scottish Government’s Youth Arts Fund through Creative Scotland with support from the Youth Music Initiative and Time to Shine. The Youth Arts Fund ensures creative opportunities for children and young people continue to exist across Scotland despite the COVID-19 pandemic.


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